WASHINGTON, D.C.– The American Biogas Council (ABC) released the following statement in response
to EPA’s final rule on 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard volumes – the Renewable Fuel Standard Program:
Standards for 2018 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2019.
“The American Biogas Council is glad to see that in keeping with Administrator Pruitt’s statement earlier
this year, the final volumes for 2018 have been released on time and are not as bad as initially proposed,
regarding both the actual volumes for biogas and the counting methodology to derive them. However,
we remain disappointed about several elements in the final rule.
First, while the final volumes for 2018 show an increase from the proposed 2018 volumes, they show a
decrease from the 2017 volumes in an industry that EPA has acknowledged is growing. As the final rule
itself states, biogas is playing the leading role in the production of next generation cellulosic fuels.
Second, we recognize and appreciate the improvements that the EPA made to their proposed new
counting methodology in the final rule. But the new counting methodology is still a step backwards from
the methodology used in previous years and is also backwards-looking, which is inappropriate for the
Third, it is disappointing that EPA has passed another rule that fails to activate the existing electric
pathway in the RFS. We urge EPA to use existing regulations, and issue any necessary EPA guidance, to
maximize opportunities for small producers to participate in and benefit from the RFS electric pathway
Overall, the ABC remains appreciative of the role the Renewable Fuel Standard plays in driving growth in
the biogas industry. When we build more biogas systems, we produce more homegrown renewable fuel,
create new infrastructure and jobs, promote domestic investment, increase energy security and protect
our air, water and soil. We hope that in the future, the EPA will take stronger steps to support the
growth of industries like ours which are trying increase renewable fuel production—the reason that
Congress created the RFS.”